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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* from Unintentional Falls Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years, by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, 1999–2016


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The figure shows the age-adjusted death rates from unintentional falls for men and women aged ≥65 years during 1999–2016 in the United States. The overall rate increased from 29.4 per 100,000 in 1999 to 61.6 in 2016.

* Deaths per 100,000 population, age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

As underlying cause of death, unintentional fall-related deaths are identified with the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision codes W00–W19.

From 1999 to 2016, age-adjusted death rates from unintentional falls among adults aged ≥65 years increased 110% from 29.4 to 61.6 per 100,000. Among men aged ≥65 years, the age-adjusted death rate increased 89% from 38.3 per 100,000 in 1999 to 72.3 in 2016. For women aged ≥65 years, the rate increased 122% from 24.3 per 100,000 in 1999 to 54.0 in 2016. Throughout the period, death rates from unintentional falls were higher for men than women.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, 1999–2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/vitalstatsonline.htm.

Reported by: Yelena Gorina, MS, MPH, yag9@cdc.gov, 301-458-4241; Julie Weeks, PhD.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/index.html.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates from Unintentional Falls Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years, by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, 1999–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1079. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6738a9.

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